Lewis Pullman is an American actor, who was first known as the son of famous actor, Bill Pullman, of “While You Were Sleeping” (1995) and “Independence Day” (1996). He later on became popular in his own right, when he was cast for the role of Luke in the 2018 horror flick, “The Strangers: Prey at Night.”

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Early life and family

Lewis James Pullman was born on 29 January 1993, in Los Angeles, California USA, the youngest child of William James “Bill” Pullman and Tamara Hurwitz. His father is an actor while his mother is a modern dancer who danced professionally and been a member of dance companies such as the Jose Limon Dance Company, Pacific Dance Ensemble, and Rosanna Gamson Worldwide Group.

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It was said that Bill and Tamara met during one of her performances in 1980, dated afterwards and eventually married on 3 January 1987. Their eldest, Maesa was born in 1988, and her brother, Jack in 1989. The family’s primary residence is their 1917 house in a 2.5‑acre property in Beachwood Canyon, L.A. which the couple bought in 1991, rebuilt it, and raised their three kids there. They also spent time at the ranch in Montana that Bill co-owned with his brother.

Maesa is a singer-songwriter, who composed soundtracks for short films and dabbled in acting. She was cast in a minor role as Alice Bell in the Bill Pullman-starred, “The Virginian” (2000), and as an inn musician in the drama, “Indigo Valley” (2020).

Jack makes puppet and is a puppeteer. He is also into arts and rock ‘n’ roll as indicated in his Instagram profile. According to news reports, Jack was arrested along with a friend in October 2008 when they were both 19 years old for alleged possession of moonshine, underage drinking, resisting arrest, and assaulting a police officer. They were said to have been released the next night. His father had no comment when asked about this, but in a February 2020 interview with Bill Pullman, he said that all three of his children are doing well, and that everybody’s tight.

Lewis has a verified Instagram account on which he posts not just about work but also about his family. He posted photos of his father whom he called a hero, and talked about how he loves him and how proud he is of him.

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Photos of his mom are there too, and he talked about her with affection, also saying that he has ‘the best big sister this side of milky way’ when he greeted Maesa on her birthday.

His paternal grandfather was James Pullman, who was a physician and the town coroner, and his paternal grandmother was Johanna Blaas Pullman, who was reportedly a nurse.

Who is Bill Pullman?

William James Pullman was born on 17 December 1953, in Hornell, New York State. In 1971, he matriculated from Hornell High School and then he attended the State University of New York at Delhi (SUNY Delhi) and State University of New York at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta). He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in theater from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Bill made his debut on television in 1986 in an episode of the police procedural drama, “Cagney & Lacey,” in which he played the role of Doctor Giordano. He had guest-starring roles in the anthology series “Fallen Angels” (1995) and in the crime-drama series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2008). He was cast as the main lead for the role of a police detective named Harry Ambrose in the crime-drama anthology series, “The Sinner,” which ran for three seasons with 24 episodes from 2017 to 2020. The series was critically acclaimed and nominated for Best Miniseries or Television Film from the Golden Globe Awards in 2018. Bill was also nominated for Best Actor at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards in 2018, and for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries in 2019.

His debut as a movie actor was in a supporting role in the 1986 black comedy, “Ruthless People,” which starred Danny DeVito and Bette Midler, and was a box-office success and had a 94% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. He has been in several movies that were commercially successful, such as the 1987 comedy sci-fi “Spaceballs,” the 1992 sports drama “A League of Their Own,” the 1993 romantic period drama “Sommersby,” and the romantic comedy “Sleepless in Seattle.” However, it was the movie, “While You Were Sleeping” (1995) in which he played the role of Jack Callaghan that made him a certified leading man material – it grossed more than $180 million worldwide against a $17 million budget. Movies that made him even more popular include “Casper” (1995), “Independence Day” (1996) and its sequel in 2016, and “The Equalizer” (2014) and its sequel in 2018.

Aside from appearing in more than 70 films and in almost 20 TV series and TV movies, he has also been in a handful of stage plays, the most noteworthy being “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia,” which was the Outstanding New Play at the 2002 Drama Desk Award and the Best Play at the 2002 Tony Award. He also won the 2002 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play.

Education background

Lewis graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. He performed lead roles in local theater productions.

Career

First steps

He started his acting career in the short film, “The Tutor,” in 2013, and continued to do short films in 2015 and 2016.

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His television debut was in the pilot episode of the comedy series, Highston” (2015), then appeared in the western movie “The Ballad of Lefty Brown” (2017), starring Bill Pullman, Kathy Baker and Jim Caviezel; it had an approval rating of 78% on Rotten Tomatoes, and received generally favorable reviews from Metacritic.

Further success

Lewis was cast as Major Major Major Major in the dark comedy “Catch-22,” which was based on the novel of the same name in 1961 by Joseph Heller. The miniseries had six episodes with George Clooney as one of the executive producers, the director of two episodes, and part of the cast. It was released in May 2015 on Hulu, and was nominated for Best Limited Series at the Golden Globe Awards and Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

In 2017, Lewis was included in the British drama movie “Lean on Pete,” which premiered at the 74th Venice International Film Festival and was screened both at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and at the BFI London Film Festival in October. It was given an approval rating of 90% based on 161 reviews and an average score of 80 out of 100 on Metacritic. Also in 2017, he was cast along with his father in the biographical sports movie, “Battle of the Sexes.” This Emma Stone and Steve Carell-starring film was inspired by the 1973 tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King. It didn’t have a successful run at the box office, but it received generally favorable reviews from critics.

Lewis’ big break came in 2018 when he was cast as Luke in the slasher film “The Strangers: Prey at Night,” which was the sequel to the 2008 movie, “The Strangers,” and did well at the box office with a gross of more than $32 million against a $5 million budget. It received mixed reviews with an approval rating of only 40% from Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 48 out of 100, although some film reviewers said it would most likely appeal to fans of the original movie and of this genre. He was also in the thriller movie, “Bad Times at the El Royale” (2018), which starred Jeff Bridges, Dakota, Johnson, and Christ Hemsworth.

Lewis is in a few movies that are scheduled for release in 2020, including the highly anticipated action drama, “Top Gun: Maverick,” starring Tom Cruise; producers of the film include Tom Cruise and Jerry Bruckheimer.

This was the sequel to the blockbuster movie, “Top Gun,” which was released in 1986 with a worldwide gross of more than $350 million against a budget of $15 million. Lewis was cast in the role of Bob, who was a pilot trainee.

Personal life

Lewis is 27 years old and single. There is no news about him dating anybody.

Appearance

Lewis is 6ft 2ins. (1.83m) tall and weighs 125lbs (57kg). He has an athletic built, has brown hair and blue eyes.

Net worth

According to sources, Lewis Pullman has an estimated net worth of $200,000 as of May 2020, while his father, Bill has an estimated net worth of $18 million.

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